Braces refer to orthodontic appliances consisting of metal brackets bonded to teeth and connected by wires. They apply gentle and controlled pressure to move teeth into proper alignment gradually. Braces correct dental issues, such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite irregularities. The treatment begins with a consultation where a personalized plan is created based on the patient's dental health and alignment goals. An orthodontist makes regular adjustments to ensure consistent progress and optimal results. Braces improve the smile's appearance and enhance oral function and overall dental health by making teeth easier to clean and maintain. 

Who Can Benefit from Braces? 

Adolescents and Teens

Adolescents and teenagers are often the primary candidates for braces due to the developmental stage of their teeth and jaws. Benefits include: 

  • Braces can address issues such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite irregularities during adolescence when teeth are still developing. 
  • Straighter teeth give a more confident smile, boosting self-esteem during critical developmental years. 
  • Correcting bite issues improves chewing efficiency and reduces wear on teeth. 


Adults increasingly opt for braces to improve their dental health and smile aesthetics. Benefits include: 

  • Adults may have previously neglected or postponed orthodontic treatment, and braces offer a chance to address alignment issues effectively. 
  • Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. 
  • A straighter smile can enhance confidence in both personal and professional settings, contributing to overall well-being. 

Individuals with Specific Dental Concerns

Some people may have specific dental concerns that braces can effectively address: 

  • Braces can gradually create space and align crowded teeth. 
  • Braces can close gaps and align teeth for a more uniform smile. 
  • Braces can correct underbites, overbites, crossbites, and other bite issues that affect dental function and facial symmetry. 

Patients Requiring Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

For individuals with complex orthodontic issues, braces offer comprehensive treatment options: 

  • Braces provide precise control over tooth movement, effectively correcting severe misalignments that may require more intensive treatment. 
  • Patients previously undergoing orthodontic treatment may benefit from braces to address relapse or new alignment issues. 

Types of Braces 

Traditional Metal Braces 

Traditional metal braces are the most recognizable and commonly used type of braces. They consist of metal brackets bonded to each tooth's front and connected by archwires. These braces apply gentle, continuous pressure to move teeth into their desired positions gradually. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and less noticeable than their predecessors. They are highly effective for treating many orthodontic issues, from mild to severe misalignment and bite problems. 

Ceramic Braces 

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but use clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of metal. This makes them less visible on the teeth, providing a more aesthetic alternative while offering traditional braces' effectiveness. Ceramic braces are popular among adults and older teenagers who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment option without compromising results. 

Lingual Braces 

Lingual braces are placed on the teeth' back (lingual) surface, making them virtually invisible from the front. They consist of custom-made brackets and wires attached to the teeth' inner surface and adjusted periodically to achieve tooth movement. Lingual braces are an excellent option for patients who prioritize aesthetics and prefer a more discreet treatment option without the visibility of braces. 

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are an orthodontic treatment that uses brackets that do not require elastic bands or metal ties (ligatures) to hold the archwire in place. Instead, the brackets have a built-in mechanism that secures the wire, allowing it to move freely. This design reduces friction and pressure on the teeth, resulting in faster treatment times and fewer adjustments than traditional braces. Self-ligating braces are known for their smoother brackets, enhancing comfort and making oral hygiene easier. They are effective for treating many orthodontic issues and are often chosen for their efficiency and aesthetic appeal. 

The Benefits of Braces 

Improved Dental Health

Braces correct misaligned teeth, reducing gaps and overcrowding that can harbor food particles and plaque. This improves oral hygiene and reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. 

Enhanced Smile Aesthetics

Straightening teeth enhances smile aesthetics, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. A well-aligned smile can positively impact personal and professional interactions. 

Correction of Bite Issues

Braces address bite irregularities such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite, improving chewing function and overall dental alignment. 

Prevention of Dental Problems

Properly aligned teeth are less prone to wear, chipping, and other dental problems caused by misalignment or excessive force on teeth. 

Speech Improvement

Braces can sometimes improve speech clarity by correcting dental issues that may interfere with proper pronunciation. 

Facial Symmetry

Correcting dental alignment can improve facial symmetry, enhancing overall facial aesthetics. 

Long-Term Oral Health Benefits

Investing in braces can lead to long-term oral health benefits, reducing the need for extensive dental treatments later in life. 

Options for All Ages

Braces are suitable for children, teenagers, and adults, with advancements in orthodontic technology offering a range of options to suit different lifestyles and preferences. 

Braces are more than just a dental treatment; they're a transformative journey towards a straighter, healthier smile. Visit Dental Specialists of New York PC at 150 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10155, 110 York Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, or 476 48th Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11220, to start your journey towards a healthier, more confident smile with braces. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (212) 661-2192.


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